Expression Of Interest – DOH – NPAAC Information Communications Drafting Committee

Expression of Interest – DoH – NPAAC Information Communications Drafting Committee 

Closing Date: Wednesday 13 February 2019

The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) makes recommendations on the accreditation of pathology laboratories to the commonwealth, state and territory health ministers. A pathology laboratory must meet specified quality standards to be accredited. NPAAC has a vital role in ensuring the quality of Australian pathology services and is responsible for developing and maintaining standards and guidelines for pathology practices.

The review of the Requirements for Information Communication is a priority on the NPAAC work program for 2019. NPAAC has recommended the establishment of a technical drafting committee to review the Requirements for Information Communication. The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) has been invited to provide nominations for possible appointment to the Drafting Committee.

Additional information is available at

The NPAAC Information Communications Drafting Committee is expected to meet up to 4 times per year, with teleconferences as required. The first meeting is anticipated to take place in late March/April 2019. 

Remuneration and support

Please note that travel costs and sitting fees will be covered by the Department of Health for this work.

How to apply

CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives by midnight AEDT on Sunday 17 February 2019. Interested consumer representatives will need to:

  • Complete a CHF nomination form available online at
  • Attach a letter of endorsement from a supporting health consumer organisation and/or provide sound demonstration of your links with a consumer base. This information ensures that consumer representatives are accountable to consumers. Please note that the health consumer group need not be a CHF member. This process ensures consumer representatives are placed with the confidence of consumers and have in place a consultative base enabling reps to draw from and report to consumers
  • Attach a short CV (no longer than two pages) in pdf format which may be forwarded to the Department of Health.

Please contact Ghislaine Martin on 02 6273 5444 or via email at [email protected] should you have any queries.

Health Consumers Queensland Consumer Advisory Group

Closing date: close of business Monday 17 December 2018

Health Consumers Queensland is establishing a Consumer Advisory Group to enable consumers and carers to partner with us and inform the work we do, and ensure that Health Consumers Queensland is a consumer driven and led organisation.

Purpose of the Consumer Advisory Group:

  • To inform into specific projects, such as our Annual Forum, consumer networking sessions, consumer capacity building, future training content design and development.
  • Identify opportunities for Health Consumers Queensland to further build the capacity of consumers and/or staff to strengthen future consumer partnerships.
  • Identify emerging issues or trends in health that need to be addressed.

The secondary purpose is to develop, support and mentor current and emerging consumer leaders by:

  • Mentoring of new and emerging health consumers and carers by experienced health consumer/carer representatives through membership of the Consumer Advisory Group.
  • Providing Consumer Advisory Group members professional development opportunities to attend Health Consumers Queensland training sessions, attend health and engagement related conferences, forums and events, and be a speaker or presenter at a variety of conferences and forums.


The Consumer Advisory Group will comprise 7 consumers and carers with lived experience of navigating the health system and varying degrees of experience representing consumers on health committees. This degree of experience may range from limited experience to many years’ experience. Break down of membership is as follows:

  • 1 Chairperson (2-year term)
  • 3 Experienced Consumer Representatives acting as a mentor to emerging consumer representative members with the guidance and input of the Chairperson (1-year term)
  • 3 Emerging Consumer Representatives with a desire to be mentored (2-year term)
  • The Consumer Advisory Group will sit alongside other groups that provide input into the work of Health Consumers Queensland..

Terms of membership ranges between 1 to 2 years depending on the role.

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Expression of Interest – HCQ Engagement Advisor/s

Closing date: close of business Friday 30 November 2018

Queensland Mental Health Consumer and Carer Organisation Scoping Project

We are seeking interest from individuals to work in a consultant/casual employment capacity with Health Consumers Queensland.

These Engagement Advisors would lead targeted consumer/carer engagement and scoping of a Queensland mental health consumer and carer organisation.

The role/s would be 2-3 days per week (depending on availability and if we appoint one or two consultants to work together).

The project would start early December 2018 and conclude end February 2019.

Key tasks will include:

  • Develop project plan
  • Maintain and strengthen links with a network of mental health consumers and carers interested in supporting the development of a new organisation.
  • Create and engage with a consumer working group to guide/support the project.
  • Develop a consultation plan to seek feedback from consumers and carers who haven’t been consulted to date (create stakeholder list, identify and do targeted and accessible engagement activities, summarise feedback)
  • Create a funding proposal due end of February that would include consumer and carer feedback (on mission, vision, purpose, activities, values, members), governance structure, budget and timeline/milestones to set up.

How to apply

Kindly take the time to read the Position Description.

Please complete the attached Expression of Interest form, and submit with a CV to [email protected] by 5pm Friday 30 November 2018.

For any questions/further information please contact Melissa Fox, CEO: 0404 882 716.

Patient Access Advisory Committee

Health Improvement Unit – Clinical Excellence Division

Closing date: 3pm Friday 2 November 2018

A review of the Emergency Services Management Committee (ESMC),showed that there is a need for a greater focus on a whole-of-system approach to public hospital emergency access and flow in a patient’s journey through care. The Patient Access Advisory Committee (PAAC) has been established to support this new approach.

The Committee will:

  • Provide strategic advice to the Leadership Team
  • Review existing protocols
  • Develop steps for improvement

Who is it for?

Ideally, applicants will have lived experience with emergency departments, possibly as a frequent visitor. Experience using Queensland Ambulance Service would be an advantage, but not essential. Applications are welcome from those who have accessed emergency departments and then become an inpatient.


The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 6 November in Brisbane. For those located in rural and remote areas, video or teleconference facilities are available.

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Statewide Consumer Input – Influence Key Issues in Queensland

Co-design Workshops: Prevention and value in healthcare

Closing date:  8am Thursday 1 November 2018

Queensland Department of Health

Consumers are invited to a series of co-design workshops and meetings centred around the delivery of more and better healthcare through a focus on prevention and value.

In a series of co-design workshops and meetings, the Queensland Department of Health are seeking consumer input on a variety of topics, such as:

  • Cardiac care – focus on care in regional and remote Queensland
  • Orthopaedics – focus on hip fractures, and knee and hip replacements
  • Older people – focus on delivering the right care, in the right place
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health
  • Patient experience surveys
  • Healthy food and drink
  • Queensland Ambulance Service – focus on providing care closer to home


Co-design workshops give consumers the chance to be a part of the key stakeholders, such as policy makers and clinicians, which help develop key policies and work on issues that will impact on Queenslanders across the state.

Role of the consumer

Consumers taking part in these activities will contribute to the understanding of the above topics in Queensland both now and into the future. To raise key consumer and community perspectives that others at the table may not raise. Considerations such as care that is safe and feels safe, and the barriers to accessing healthcare that may be cultural, financial or emotional. Consumers bring their lived experience and those of people in their networks to these discussions. (more…)

Expression of Interest – Mental Health Experience Surveys Steering Committee

Closing date: close of business Thursday, 15 November 2018


Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Department of Health

The Department of Health conducts consumer and carer experience surveys in Queensland’s public mental health services. The surveys seek information from service users, carers and the families of young people about their experiences, and use this to plan and implement quality improvement initiatives.

The collection is coordinated by the Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch within the Clinical Excellence Division, and is overseen by a Steering Committee which provides advice and guidance on the framework, implementation, reporting and use of information.


The purpose of the Mental Health Experience Surveys Steering Committee is to provide strategic advice and guidance on the implementation of the Your Experience of Service (YES) and Carer Experience Surveys, including enhancements to the framework and protocols, reporting, and use of consumer and carer experience of care information to inform quality improvement activities in public mental health services.

Steering Committee membership is comprised of clinical staff and consumer/carer consultants from Hospital and Health Services, representatives from Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch and the Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Service. Representation consists of HHSs from regional and metropolitan areas.


Expression of Interest – Queensland Health Online Information Research

Closing date: close of business Monday, 19 November 2018


Strategic Communications Branch, Queensland Department of Health


Queensland Health would like to speak to consumers to understand how, when and where they look for health information, including everything from symptoms and condition information through to how to find a specialist to book an appointment.

Role of the Consumer

Consumers taking part in these interviews will contribute to the understanding of how health information is accessed in Queensland both now and how they would like this to improve in the future. They will also raise key consumer and community perspectives from their personal experience, including considerations such as the barriers to accessing healthcare that may be cultural, financial or emotional. Consumers bring their lived experience and those of people in their networks to these discussions.

Who is this for?

Expressions of interest are invited from consumers who have looked up healthcare information online at any time in the last few months.

Time and Location

A series of one-on-one interviews lasting approximately 30 minutes will be held, either in-person in South Brisbane, or via video conference or phone call.

Remuneration and Support

Consumers who participate will receive a $20 gift card for their time.

How to apply

Please complete this Expression of Interest and return to Health Consumers Queensland via email to: [email protected]. For assistance completing this Expression of Interest, please contact Michael Taylor via [email protected] or by phone on 07 3012 9090.

Expression of Interest – Advancing Kidney Care 2026 Collaborative Committee

Closing date: close of business Wednesday, 26 September 2018


Department of Health, System Planning Branch

The Department of Health’s System Planning Branch is seeking two consumer representatives to join the Advancing Kidney Care 2026 Collaborative (the Collaborative). The Collaborative would greatly benefit through the participation of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumer representative.

About System Planning Branch

System Planning Branch is responsible for leading health service planning activities of statewide significance with a medium to long term horizon. This role entails:

  1. Identifying the comparative health service needs of localities, populations and patient cohorts (both current and over the anticipated medium to long term future) to inform the statewide allocation of resources to achieve service access equity
  2. Facilitating integration of planning at the system level to align service enablers with future need e.g. workforce, infrastructure, funding
  3. Facilitating vertical integration of planning for health services between the Department of Health (DOH) and Hospital and Health Services (HHS) through identification of high level service directions and service outcomes, to act as a point of alignment for health service planning and investment by the DOH, HHS and service partners from the private and not-for-profit sectors
  4. Supporting other departmental and HHS level planning processes through provision of technical expertise in health service planning content and process, including technical analysis on projected service need.


The Advanced Kidney Care 2026 Collaborative Committee will be responsible for implementing the strategic actions arising from recently completed statewide planning for renal health and renal health services. Members are being appointed to 30 June 2019.

The specific aims of the Collaborative include (to be ratified by members)

  1. Implement the strategic directions and priority actions in Advancing Kidney Care 2026.
  2. Develop a workplan and review progress against the workplan at each meeting.
  3. Advocate for timely access to quality renal care with the Minister for Health and Ambulance and Boards and Executive of HHS, aligned with consumer views of what matters.
  4. Ensure that initiatives and decisions to be implemented within HHSs are sensitive to the local context based on recommendations from sub-Collaboratives and/or structured engagement that includes representation from the executive and clinical leadership (multidisciplinary) within each HHS.
  5. Champion initiatives that promote the effective and optimal use of available resources.